We read about riads – traditional large houses with an interior garden – and knew we wanted to stay in one while in Marrakech. We also wanted to stay in the Old City (the Medina), preferably near the souks (the Arab marketplaces). Our friends, Angela and John, agreed and joined us.
The riad where we stayed, Riad Matham, balanced out the souk perfectly. The riad’s outer walls shut out the tumult of the streets and souks by drawing light and air from the inner courtyard. Calm and quiet prevail. The architecture and decoration contribute to a feeling of tranquility and security.
The souk in Marrakech is overwhelming – in size, intensity, the number of people, the donkey carts, mopeds, hand trucks, and all the goods for sale tumbling out of the shops to the walkways. What we see is a controlled chaotic effect waiting to spill out at any time. Many of the dimly lit alleys create a rabbit warren of connecting passageways. All senses work on over-drive for those of us who are navigating through.
So, we came back to Riad Matham after an outing to rest and be refreshed by this oasis on the edge of the marketplace.
Every architectural detail, ….
Every decoration, ….
Every detail at Riad Matham has been artfully achieved.
The most stunning detail of all is best viewed at night as we lay in our bed. We look up at the painted ceiling and enjoy one last look of the day before the light is turned off.